13 Dead, More Than 100 Injured in Barcelona Terrorist Attack
Spanish authorities have arrested two individuals suspected of involvement in today’s terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain that left 13 people dead and over 100 injured.
Estampida ahora mismo en El Corte Inglés de Plaza Catalunya en Barcelona pic.twitter.com/72LLRmJjRk
— Jordi Perez Colome (@jordipc) August 17, 2017
Atropello múltiple en Las Ramblas en este momento. pic.twitter.com/xosHvYpO0e
— Arturo Fernández Rui (@Arturof66R) August 17, 2017
Authorities said the men arrested are from Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Josep Lluis Trapero, the head of the Catalonia Police told the media that neither men was suspected of driving the van that slammed into pedestrians.
Authorities said the street where the attack happened is popular with tourists.
A witness at the scene told the BBC that the van “was weaving left and right, trying to hit people as fast as possible.”
— Alfonso Congostrina (@alfcongostrina) August 17, 2017
The attack occurred in an area of Las Rambas, a historic street that leads up to the City’s Central Plaza. A map of the street shows that a walkway runs down the middle while cars drives on both sides.
The terror group, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack that happened less than two weeks after a pro-ISIS twitter account threatened to attack Spain, according to Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group.
“There was loud bangs and people started running into shops,” witness Ethan Spibey told Sky News.
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